Today consumers own more devices than ever, have shifted their consumption from physical to digital content and home networks have become nearly ubiquitous. The convergence of these trends has created a desire for consumers to not only use the network to connect to the Internet and exchange data, but also distribute the digital content among their many devices, many of which are connected over a wireless network.
Significant effort has been invested to advance the state of the art for discovery, interoperability, media format compatibility, and stream quality. In parallel the network foundation has seen advancements in security, speed and overall bandwidth. With these advancements now in place, adding foundational support to the network to manage time-sensitive audio and video streams is the last critical piece toward a truly converged network for consumers and their content.
Audio Video Bridging (AVB)/ Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) replaces both the physical complexity of analog cables and the network complexity of existing proprietary technologies with an open, standards-based media network. In the Consumer Electronics segment, AVB/TSN will support time-synchronized, multi-room, multi-channel and multi-manufacturer whole-home audio streaming.